Sunday, September 13, 2015

Mystory I: Career Discourse

Mystory I: Career Discourse
In this section Ulmer asks us to write about a major invention or discovery within our "field of disciplinary knowledge." My field of interest is biology, with a focus on wildlife. One important invention in this field is the Binomial System, or Binomial Nomenclature. Binomial Nomenclature is a system of naming and classifying living things. It was first used in 1753 by biologist Carolous Linnaeus, in his book “Systema Naturae.” Prior to Linnaeus there was no fixed standard, and species were identified not so much by a name, but by a description. These titles were often long and difficult to remember. For example, the Hoary Plantain (pictured below) was known as "Plantago foliis ovato-lanceolatus pubescentibus, spica cylindrica, scapo tereti," which means, "Plantain with pubescent ovate-lanceolate leaves, a cylindric spike and a terete scape." Using his new system, Linnaeus simplified it to "Plantago media," which it is still called today. 

Due to Linnaeus' influence, Binomial Nomenclature has been the standard for classifying organisms since the late 1700's and is used around the world.


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2 comments:

  1. Linnaeus rocks, Elijah. His system of binomial nomenclature is brilliant as is your wonderful example to illustrate his system..

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  2. Linnaeus rocks, Elijah. His system of binomial nomenclature is brilliant as is your wonderful example to illustrate his system..

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